Thursday, January 22, 2009
I know it sounds improbable, but the Associated Press reports that the People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Michael Vick, former professional football player currently serving a 23-month sentence for criminal animal cruelty in connection with his dog-fighting sideline, were negotiating the broadcast of an anti-cruelty public service announcement. Michael Vick was going to speak out against dog fights on behalf of PETA. Negotiations broke down when Vick's attorneys sought assurances from PETA that the organization would support his return to professional football. Far from doing so, the AP reports, PETA has written to the NFL suggesting that Vick should undergo tests to determine whether or not he is a psychopath before being permitted to return to professional football. As this blog post indicates, support for PETA is far from overwhelming in the sports community.